It is with great disappointment that Machine Head must announce the postponement of our North American tour this fall. Our new album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” has taken longer to complete than expected and we had to make the difficult choice to either delay the album, let it go out as incomplete, or cancel the tour in order to properly finish and promote the album in the caliber it needs to be done. We decided postponing the tour was the best decision for the record.

We feel this record is a milestone, we feel we have something truly special here, but getting there has been a challenge. Our vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn just returned from a press tour where he was playing rough mixes and incomplete versions of songs for the press just to try and keep everything on time for our November release date.

Refunds will be available for tickets at point of purchase.

Look out for rescheduled American tour dates for the beginning of the year.

All scheduled European tour dates will remain as scheduled.

Machine Head release their 8th album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” (and their first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment) on Nov 7th - EU, and Nov 10th in the U.S. and U.K.

Track listing is as follows:


1. Now We Die

2. Killers & Kings

3. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones

4. Night Of Long Knives

5. Sail Into The Black

6. Eyes Of The Dead

7. Beneath The Silt

8. In Comes The Flood

9. Damage Inside

10. Game Over

11. Imaginal Cells (Instrumental)

12. Take Me Through The Fire




In a month we’ll be embarking on our North American tour with Children Of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross!! Sound off if you’re going to any of our shows and buy tickets at


09/27 Sparks, NV - The Alley
09/29 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
10/1 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory (Make up show)
10/2 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
10/5 Lubbock, TX - Jake’s


10/04 Denver CO - The Summit Music Hall
10/06 Dallas TX - House of Blues Dallas
10/07 Houston TX - House of Blues Houston 
10/09 Orlando FL - Hard Rock Live
10/10 Atlanta GA - The Masquerade
10/11 Silver Spring MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring
10/12 Philadelphia PA - Electric Factory
10/14 Toronto ON - Sound Academy
10/15 Montreal QC - Metropolis
10/16 New York NY - Terminal 5
10/17 Worcester MA Rock and Shock - The Palladium
10/18 Cleveland OH - Agora Theatre
10/20 Chicago IL - Concord Music Hall
10/21 Milwaukee WI - The Rave II
10/22 Minneapolis MN - Skyway Theatre
10/24 Saskatoon SK - O’Brians Event Centre
10/26 Edmonton AB - Shaw Conference Centre
10/28 Vancouver BC - Vogue Theater
10/29 Seattle WA - Showbox SODO
10/31 Oakland CA - Fox Theater
11/01 Los Angeles CA - Hollywood Palladium

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Head cases, we’ve announced our November and December European dates, who’s coming out to rage with us!? Be sure to track us on Bandsintown ( for updates on when we’re coming to you!


07-Nov France, Strasbourg La Laiterie
09-Nov Belgium, Tourhout, The Mast
10-Nov France, Paris, Bataclan
12-Nov France, Toulouse Bikini
14-Nov Spain, Barcelona Razzmatazz 1
15-Nov Spain, Madrid, Riviera
16-Nov Spain, Pamplona Zentral
17-Nov France, Marseille, Espace Julien
19-Nov Italy, Milan, Alcatraz
20-Nov Switzerland, Lausanne, Les Docks
21-Nov Switzerland, Zurich, Komplex
22-Nov Germany, Munich, Kesselhaus
23-Nov Austria, Vienna Gasometer
25-Nov Germany, Cologne Palladium
26-Nov Germany, Oberhausen Turbinehalle
27-Nov Germany, Wiesbaden, Schlachtof
29-Nov Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega
30-Nov Norway, Oslo Sentrum Scene


01-Dec Sweden Stockholm Arenan
03-Dec Germany, Hamburg, Grosse Freheit
04-Dec Holland, Utrecht, Vredeburg
06-Dec UK, London Roundhouse
07-Dec UK, London Roundhouse
09-Dec UK, Portsmouth Guildhall
10-Dec UK, Bristol Academy
11-Dec UK, Plymouth Pavilions
13-Dec UK, Glasgow, Academy
14-Dec UK, Leeds Academy
16-Dec UK, Manchester Apollo
17-Dec UK, Nottingham Rock City
18-Dec UK, Birmingham Academy


There you have it. The new album title in all its glory my friends.

I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album. It’s been a heck of a ride. It looked like it might not ever happen again at one point, but man, this album is a milestone for us.

You’re going to love it Head Cases. 

Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth, it is also a lyric from the opening track of the album “Now We Die”. In many cultures the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife’s apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band.

Below is the track listing:


1. Now We Die
2. Killers & Kings
3. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
4. Night Of Long Knives
5. Sail Into The Black
6. Eyes Of The Dead
7. Beneath The Silt
8. In Comes The Flood
9. Damage Inside
10. Game Over
11. Imaginal Cells (instrumental)
12. Take Me Through The Fire

10 songs, an interlude, and an instrumental with an audio collage of spoken word snippets (think “Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies”) by Dr. Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman, taken from their (incredibly inspiring) audiobook “Spontaneous Evolution”.

It was once again produced by your truly The General and Juan Urteaga, and like the last 7 out of 8 albums masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with heavy metal legend Andy Sneap and Steve Lagudi. 

Guest musicians include 2 different string quartets featuring the original Quartet Rouge that appeared on our last album “Unto The Locust”. And a new all-male quartet which we featured on the song “In Comes The Flood”.

String arrangements for 2 of the songs “Now We Die” and “Sail Into The Black” came courtesy of myself and Rhys Fulber who has worked with everyone from Sarah McLachlan, to Fear Factory, and the string arrangement for “In Comes The Flood” came courtesy of myself and ex-Worship and current-Bring Me The Horizon keyboardist Jordan Fish, who is a producer in his own right.

We worked with several artists to complete the 28 page (!) “standard” CD booklet, as well as the 48 page (!) hardcover leather-bound Media-book that will serve as the special edition, including Rafal Wechterowicz, Marcelo Vasco, and long-time Machine Head art-collaborator Strephon Taylor. The theme was to have both CD and hardcover Mediabook look like an old Alchemy book from the 1800’s, with weathered edges, sepia toned pages, and magic / masonic / alchemy themed woodcarvings throughout. 

It turned out fucking amazing!! 

All album photos were done with our friend Travis Shinn who took some mind-bogglingly awesome photos, that again, were set to match the theme of the book with an old 1800’s / alchemy feel to them.

I’ve posted some pictures with this so you guys can get a sneak peak.

Enjoy maniacs!!

Attached is the album cover, media book hard cover, lyric sheet for Killers & Kings and our new band photo.



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One lucky Machine Head fan had their Go Pro taken by Robb and mounted by Dave’s drum kit. This is the killer fucking time Machine Head is having on the European leg of the Killers & Kings tour!! HEAD BANG MOTHER FUCKER!!!

BRIGHTON WAS FUCKING KILLER!!! THANK YOU HEADCASES FOR COMING OUT!! Repost from @mariegcphoto. Tag your photos with #machinehead and we will feature the best ones here! —- August 5th 2014 - New Blog post - Machine Head pics from Brighton show last night. #machinehead #live #brighton #concorde2 #mariegc #mariegcphoto #phildemmel #robbflynn

A SOLD OUT AND FUCKING KILLER SHOW!! Repost from @jmarshall91 —- Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel #machinehead #music #guitar #waterfrontnorwich #metal


Photo by Sabrina Ramdoyal

Much like popping on GTA when you’ve got work to do or lending a slim-fit shirt to your mate Chubby Charlie, Machine Head playing a 450 capacity venue seems – in theory – to be a bad idea. Actually, scrap that – it’s downright ludicrous. Tickets for such a gig were seized in mere minutes after going on sale, entering the postboxes of punters with an obscene level of hype attached. Can the Bay Area bruisers hope to live up to expectations tonight?

Of course they can. It’s Machine Fucking Head: One of the most influential, inspirational and indebloodystructable metal bands to emerge this side of Iron Maiden. As the lights fade and Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary Of A Madman obnoxiously booms from the PA system, it’s plain to see just how important Machine Head are to the Nottingham faithful. And when the band stroll on stage, all sense of self-control is completely abandoned and the triumphant roar of ‘Hear me now!’ signals the rise of Imperium. No gimmicks. No frills. Just Machine Fucking Head.

And how do you follow up such a kick-arse, high-octane opening gambit? Well, you could play Beautiful Mourning and Locust straight after… Which is exactly what they do. Machine Head know exactly what their devotees crave and they deliver – for just under two hours, the Rescue Rooms are baptised in the blood, sweat and tears (beers, piss – whatever) of an audience going fifty shades of bonkers to some of the finest metal ever crafted.

The band are just such an overbearingly strong unit – Robb Flynn’s venomous bark duringTen Ton Hammer remains a highlight of the set; Phil Demmel’s incessant love for pulling funny faces never stops being endearing and new bassist Jared MacEachern looks like he’s been in the band since the beginning, albeit having the appearance of a James Hetfield impersonator. Machine Head are tighter than ever, stronger than ever and they just seem like they’re having a right old romp – cramped in a venue about as big as a shoebox, applause and circle pits (lots of circle pits) are all they need.

New track Killers & Kings sparks immense promise for the band’s future, exhuming a swathe of vigour and determination that was slightly lacking on 2011’s Unto The Locust. Basically, Machine Head are on an absolute winner, and if this song’s anything to go by, we should probably start clearing space in our ‘Albums Of The Year’ lists.

While timeless cuts Davidian and Old have security pooing their pants as crowdsurfers throw caution and limbs to the wind, it’s Flynn and Demmel’s elegant, grandiose masterpiece of a guitar solo during Halo that remains the evening’s crowning moment. This is a band that has sold millions of albums, toured the world for over two decades and also happened to tour with a little group called Metallica. Machine Head are legends, and to witness them in such an intimate setting is a truly one-off experience.

Amidst the sea of perspiring, knackered metalheads, it’s one of Robb’s self-deprecating quips that really sums up this band and its fanbase: ‘We never got to be as big as The Beatles.’ You are to us, Robb. You are to us.